New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Governors and Lieutenant Governors across the country can utilize the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary to project the relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values.

Addressing the 50th conference of governors and Lt governors of states and union territories here, Prime Minister Narednra Modi said,  "As we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Governors and Lt Governors could utilize the occasion to project abiding relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values, an important bedrock of our Constitution.”

Besides PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and others were present at the conference of Governors and Lieutenant Governors. 

“Governors and Lieutenant governors have an important role to play in the constitutional system of the country especially when the emphasis is on cooperative and competitive federalism,” President Ram Nath Kovind said today. 

In an emphatic reference to the welfare of tribals, he said their development and empowerment is linked to inclusive growth as well as to internal security of the country.

"Governors can give all the proper guidance by using the constitutional powers given to them, to improve the lives of these people, which have remained relatively behind in terms of development," the President said.