161. Alternative arrangement for carrying on the work of the Gaon Sabha or the Gaon Panchayat in certain circumstances. –
(1) If at the commencement of this Act, the Chief Commissioner finds that there is an unavoidable delay in bringing the provisions of this Chapter into operation or if at any time the Chief Commissioner is satisfied that—
(a) A Gaon Sabha or Gaon Panchayat has failed without reasonable cause or excuse to discharge the duties or to perform the functions imposed or assigned by or under this Act,
(b) Circumstances have so arisen that a Gaon Sabha or a Gaon Panchayat is rendered unable or may be rendered unable to discharge the duties or perform the functions imposed or assigned by or under this Act, or
(c) It is otherwise expedient or necessary so to do, he may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare that the duties, powers and functions of the Gaon Sabha or the Gaon Panchayat under this Act shall be discharged, exercised and performed by such person or authority of a rank not inferior to that of Deputy Commissioner and for such period and subject to such restrictions as may be specified.
(2) The Chief Commissioner may make such incidental and consequential provisions an may appear to be necessary for this purpose.