In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by Pankaj Sinha, the Supreme Court of India has called on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to produce the mid-term evaluation report of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme ( and the National Sample Survey 2010-2011, relating to people affected by leprosy.

Earlier, the Court asked Central and State governments to tell them about the steps taken to eradicate leprosy, referring them to their responsibility to curb the spread of the curable disease.

"Actions and information that highlight the plight of those affected by leprosy, or the disability associated with it, can be a good thing.  We have waited three years for the publication of this data.  If this now attracts public attention it can lead to support for positive actions that really tackle this disease and provide help where it is most needed."

Sarah Nancollas, Chief Executive, Lepra

The PIL alleged that governments have failed to eliminate the disease despite medical treatment being available since 1981:

"Despite an effective cure, namely multi-drug therapy, which has been available since 1981, that can completely cure 99% of of leprosy bacteria, due to apathy of the government of India and the state governments, people are still suffering from the said disease which is treated as a social stigma."

Individual States are also to provide affidavits with details of initial treatments and health structures that are available to tackle leprosy.  Responses must be filed within six weeks.