Speed Reading — Electricity - Level 3 — 300 wpm

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All villages in India now have electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on Monday. He said the final village in the country to get electricity was the remote Leisang village in the state of Manipur. The village was connected to the grid on Sunday. Electrification of all villages in India was one of the government's biggest promises. Mr Modi thanked everyone involved in the electrification project. He tweeted: "April 28, 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India....We fulfilled a commitment, due to which, the lives of...Indians will be transformed forever. I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity."

In 2015, PM Modi promised he would give 18,000 villages access to electricity for the first time. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the basic power lines and 10 per cent of houses and public places (including schools, administrative offices and health centres) have power. While Mr Modi is happy with the progress made, many people say there is a lot more work to be done. The World Bank says 200 million Indians still lack access to electricity. The "India Today" newspaper found that many villages still lacked electricity. One villager told its reporters: "The darkness creates a big problem for the village as it is frequented by elephants."

Comprehension questions
  1. On what day of the week did Narendra Modi make an announcement?
  2. What was the final village connected to on Sunday?
  3. What was one of the country's biggest promises?
  4. What date did Narendra Modi say would be a historic one for India?
  5. How was Narendra Modi feeling about the electrification?
  6. How many villages did Mr Modi promise to give access to power to?
  7. What basic things did Mr Modi say villages needed?
  8. How many Indians did the World Bank say had no electricity?
  9. Which newspaper wrote about the lack of access to electricity?
  10. What did a villager say visited his village at night?

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