Punjab received a financial boost from the goods and services tax (GST) during the financial year 2020-21, thanks to the highest-ever compensation and sharp recovery in collections after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the state economy. The cash-strapped state government received Rs. 30,713 crore from GST, including compensation from the central government, in 2020-21 as against Rs. 22,099 crore during the previous financial year, according to data compiled by the taxation department. The 39% increase in GST revenue has provided a considerable financial wiggle room to the state government that has less than a year to go for the assembly polls, allowing it to release pending bills and payments and give a push to welfare schemes.