PIO convert to OCI

I got this reply from the Home Ministry:
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From: Shetty B N <shettybn@nic.in>
Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: PIO CONVERSION TO OCI
To: vora.voras@gmail.com
Sir
OCI brochure enclosed for information. Existing PIOs are valid till 30th June 2016 only.
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I am unable to attach the brochure but it is not clear. Is it compulsory to covert from PIO to OCI and if so, by when?

Can anyone pls email direct to the home ministry and obtain clarification & also to confirm that we can continue to use our PIO cards till their expiry, then convert to OCI. more  

DEAR ALL
"PIO TO OCI"

FIRSTLY IT IS NOT CONVERTING PIO TO OCI = PIO IS NO LONGER BEING ISSUED
IT IS TRANSFERING YOUR PIO TO OCI WHICH HAS MANY MORE BENEFITS THAN PIO
THE APPLICATION FORM IS AVAILABLE ONLY ON LINE AND THERE IS DEFINITIVE WAY TO FILL THE FORM . YOU WILL REQUIRE YOUR PASSPORT, PIO CARD, NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATE , WHILE FILLING THE FORM. YOU WILL THEN ASK TO SUBMITT THE FORM WITH ATTACHMENTS OF PASSPORT, PIO CARD NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATE; SPECIMEN SIGNATURE BELOW PASSPORT PICTURE. YOU NEED TWO PASSPORT PICTURE 2"X 2" LARGER THAN NORMAL PASSPOERT PICTURE.

PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION REF NUMBER; ONCE SUBMITTED ON LINE YOU GET ANOTHER REFERENCE NUMBER . PRINT OUT APPLICATION, RESPONSE DOCUMENT, ALSO HAVE COPIES WITH ORIGINAL OF ALL DOCUMENTS THEN APPLY FOR AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE TO YOUR NEAREST HCI PIO/OCI/VISA AGENT. YOU NEED TO ATTEND IN PERSON AS SIGNATURE REQUIRED PLUS ALL IDENTITY CHECK. A HANDLING FEES WILL BE CHARGED PLUS A CHARGE FOR RECORDED POSTING OF RETAINED DOCUMENTS. IT TAKES 30 TO 42 DAYS TO PROCESS AND YOU WILL HAVE TO CHECK REQULARLY ON LINE WHEN YOUR OCI IS APPROVED. PRINT OUT THEN TAKE THAT PLUS THE FORM GIVEN BY AGENT ALONG WITH YOUR PASSPORT N PIO CARD AND RE SUBMITT TO RECEIVE YOUR OCI WHICH YOU WILL RECEIVE BY RECORDED POST IN 5 TO 10 DAYS

HOPE THIS IS OF HELP TO YOU ALL

DEVA (LONDON)
From: support@localcirclesmail.com
To: devasamaroo@hotmail.com
Subject: Commented on "PIO convert to OCI" in [Overseas Indians]
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:40:35 +0000 more  
How to avail of free OCI conversion. Can it be done online? more  
I HAVE RESPONDED TO THESE QUERIES FEW WEEKS AGO I CONCERN THAT REPEATEDLY PEOPLE ASK THE SAME QUESTION.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT YOUR PIO TO OCI FREE OF CHARGE ENDS ON 16 MARCH 2016. ANY PIO CAN CONTINUE FOR FEW YEARS THEREAFTER YOU MUST CONVERT YOUR PIO TO OCUI SO THERE IS UNIFORMITY IN THE SYSTEM
JUST GOOGLE PIO TO OCI ALL THE INFO ARE THERE. more  
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