While congratulating Narang, Maken said, "A medal winner will straight away be promoted as Group A employee which is an IAS officer rank. So Gagan can be an IAS officer."
Interacting with media outside the Royal Artillery Barracks where Narang opened India's account in the medals tally, Maken also added, "Medal winners in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships straight away qualify to be an IAS officer. They would also be given cash rewards by central and state governments and their employers also."
Narang, an Air India employee, shot 103.1 in the nail-biting 10-shot final for an aggregate of 701.1 after scoring 598 in the qualifying round in which also he finished third.
Narang's compatriot and defending champion Abhinav Bindra had, however, crashed out in the preliminary round finishing a dismal 16th out of 47 participants with a score of 594 out of 600.