Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee was on Sunday conferred the honorary lifetime
memebership by football club East Bengal in their 91st
Foundation Day function here.
"You have to earn an honour like this... East Bengal club
has a rich heritage and their contribution to Indian football
is immense," Mukherjee said.
With the honour, he said he is now a part of the East
"I hope to develop the football infrastructure in
India," the finance minister said.
With the city reeling under a severe spell of monsoon,
the function got off to a delayed start.
East Bengal also felicitated three former football stars
-- Tulsidas Balaram, S (Paltu) Roy and Manilal Ghatak with a
cash award of Rs 51,000 each.
Busy with the Queen`s Baton Relay, Balaram, however, did
not attend the function.
Barlaram was a member of India`s 1956 Melbourne Olympic
team member where the country stood fourth, a feat yet to be
The function was also attended by former footballers P
K Banerjee, Sailen Manna, Shyam Thapa, Bhaskar Ganguly among