ISLAMABAD (APP) - The amnesty schemes (the companies regularization scheme and companies exit scheme) launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), shall close on Dec 31(Friday). These schemes were initially operative for three months, from July to September. On public demand these schemes were extended initially to October and then to November. Now they have been finally extended to December 31, said a press release issued here on Tuesday. The companies are earnestly advised to benefit from the schemes within the stipulated time, by either regularizing through filing of their overdue returns under the CRS or strike their companies off the register under the CEES, the press release added. This is the last and final extension and no further extension shall be granted. A strict action shall be initiated against the defaulter companies, after the closing of the schemes.