They said the approval is done and he will get the rank once procedures are completed. The procedure being that there has to be a vacancy for any official getting a new rank to wear it.
Abhinandan Varthaman had downed an enemy jet on February 27, 2019, after the Balakot airstrikes, a day before. India had targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group's camp, to which Pakistan had retaliated. Crisis emerged when Wing Commander Varthaman was caught by Pakistan after his MiG-21 jet was hit.
He was subsequently released on March 1 by Pakistan, having suffered injurie while ejecting from his aircraft. He was later conferred with the Vir Chakra, India's third highest war time gallantry medal.