Phillip C Tocher, the nominated Anglo-Indian MLA, along with the late NT Rama Rao (File photo)
Guntur: Phillip C Tocher, the nominated Anglo-Indian MLA, says as a boy he was inspired and fascinated by the charity and humanitarian, selfless services of the noble lady Mother Teresa.
Speaking to The Hans India, he says, “I am fortunate to find all the great qualities of the mother in N T Rama Rao, the founder of Telugu Desam Party and joined as a member and doing my level best for the cause of the poor and the needy.”
Philip was born in Bengaluru and brought up in Hyderabad, he developed a penchant for social service and wanted to work for the betterment of the poor by emulating Mother Teresa and started in that direction at the tender age of 18.
He said that NTR was impressed by his style of functioning for the party among the Anglo-Indian community. And after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wanted to nominate him as an MLA to represent the Christians in general and the Anglo-Indian community in particular and Philip was the obvious choice.
Through the efforts of Philip, a Central Christian Bhavan at Adavitakallapadu in suburban Guntur on two acres land at a cost of Rs 10 crore was being constructed he said and added that the government was planning to set up one Christian Bhavan in 13 district headquarters.
He said that in fact there are a few issues related to lands allotted to the Christian Bhavans but they would be solved amicably and the construction would be started soon.
The most troubling problem for the Christian community in the state is lack of burial grounds for the departed, all most all the major cities and towns have expanded around the cemeteries which were once on the outskirts.
Philip said that a land near Gorantla would be given to Guntur Christians and another one was identified near NH16 towards to Vizianagaram for Vizag Christians soon. Most importantly, the government was determined to launch more schemes through Christian Finance Corporation he added.