16. (1) Until such time as the General Body is constituted the Ad hoc Committee of the Bangladesh Red Cross Society constituted by the Government by order dated the 4th January, 1972, issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Welfare, shall be deemed to be the Ad hoc General Body of the Society and shall perform the functions and discharge the duties of the Managing Board till such time as the Managing Board is constituted.
(2) It shall be the duty of the Ad hoc General Body:
(a) to frame Rules under this Order and publish the same in the official Gazette before the 31st day of May, 1973;
(b) to constitute the Units of the Society before the 30th day of November, 1973; and
(c) to hold the Annual General Meeting of the Society before the 31st day of December, 1973.
(3) If the Ad hoc General Body fails to make the Rules or to constitute the Units or to hold the Annual General Meeting of the Society within the times specified in clause (2), the President shall dissolve the Ad hoc General Body and shall appoint a new Ad hoc General Body, consisting of not more than fifteen persons who are members of the Society, to discharge the duties under this Article.
(4) The new Ad hoc General Body, if any, appointed under clause (3) shall, function for such period, not exceeding six months, as the President may determine.