Few year back, there was a printing problem for passports at Delhi... I think it was when they changed the made the machine readable pages , Could that be a problem? or the scrutiny process for issuing OCI have been stepped up - for EU / UK Region?
I can only think of the above two reasons...
The VFS call centre is a waste of time and they read from their guidance document and won't spell one word out of their syllabus, so calling them is useless. Moreover, the VFS call centre and the VFS staff in the UK have absolutely no connection and both are working on their own, the advises given over phone / email are not always correct when you go in person to apply at the VFS centre.
Ok Back to the OCI timelines... We just need to feel lucky if they clear the files before the Republic Day, if not then the wait will go longer with the long weekend looming large! Add to it staffs taking extra days off to make it even more loooooong weekend