The GST collections for April 2021 have been the highest since the introduction of the nationwide tax, 14 per cent higher month-on-month. As the chart shows, monthly GST receipts crossed Rs 1 lakh crore in October for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, and have been steadily rising since. Revenues from domestic transactions were 21 per cent higher month-on-month in April, per the finance ministry. What gives? A sustained economic recovery—before the second wave of the pandemic—played a vital role. A fiscally challenged government has also been closely monitoring against fake-billing, deep data analytics and improved tax administration. That resulted in timely tax payments during the month.