Zewar-e-Taleem Program is the conditional cash transfer to the girls enrolled in public sector schools in 16 districts with low literacy rate. Over 571,313 girls are receiving Rs.1000 per month on compliance to 80% attendance requirement in schools.
The purpose of this initiative was to improve enrollment and retention in schools, besides addressing their nutritional requirements essential for adolescent girls. Being disbursed through branchless banking system developed by the Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA), Rs.1000 monthly stipend is being given to the girls of government schools in Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Chiniot, D.G. Khan, Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Layyah, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Okara, Pakpattan, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Vehari districts. The funds disbursement is on quarterly basis wherein funds are released on receipt of 80% attendance report from School Education Department. Students enrolled in grade 10 are automatically excluded from the program upon completion of the academic session. The students dropped out of schools are also excluded from this program.