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Many Indian villagers still waiting for promised electricity

Modi's rural power campaign has yet to reach 31 million homes

A man installs an electric transformer by a wheat field in India -- many villages are still without power.   © Reuters

CHANDOKHA SUDIYAL, India -- In late April Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government had achieved the laudable feat of getting electricity to every village in the country, a promise he made when he stormed to electoral victory in 2014. But a visit to a village in a rural area shows that reality is lagging behind the rhetoric.

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