Last week, the Finance Ministry released initial figures of the GST collection for February which showed a decline in revenue by Rs 11.44 billion compared to January. The data then showed that February collection was Rs 851.74 billion.
Adhia said the figures are usually released between the 24th and 26th of every month, but the end-month figures end up a few thousand crore rupees higher than the initial figures.
"GST collection for February (collected in March) stand at Rs 892.64 billion showing an upswing in revenue collection trends. Now we are approaching the Rs 900 billion mark," he said.
As per the figures released by the government, the GST collection for January stood at Rs 880.47 billion. In December, it was Rs 889.29 billion.
Noting that February was a 28-day month, Adhia attributed the upswing in collections to increased compliance and the end of the financial year when people like to clear their dues.
"GST collections will pick up further as compliance requirements are enforced like the rollout of the e-way bill from this month."
He added that even though "it was a year of uncertainty in terms of revenue, the government broadly managed to achieve both direct and indirect tax targets" for the fiscal.
"We are also confident about meeting the fiscal deficit target," Adhia said.
"We plan to launch the intra-state e-way bill for the first group of states from April 15 after which another group of states will be added each week," he said.
GSTN chairman A.B. Pandey said while 259,000 lakh e-way bills were generated on Sunday, over 289,000 lakh bills were generated till 4 p.m. on Monday.
"This means that around 60,000 e-way bills are being generated every hour. We expect this number to rise further. We are prepared for even higher traffic."
He said while over 11 lakh dealers had registered for the e-way system, over 20,000 transporters had also registered.
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