Dr Singh, who is considered the architect of the economic liberalisation measures unleashed in 1991 under the PV Narasimha Rao government, also termed Mr Pawar as the "most creative agriculture minister" he had ever seen.
The senior Congress leader was speaking here at the release of Mr Pawar's biography 'Padma Vibhushan Sharad Pawar: The Great Enigma' written by Sheshrao Chauhan.
"Sharad Pawar had always been striving for the welfare of the nation and he was equal partner with me in bringing in economic reforms in the country," he said.
"Pawar is a Maharashtrian, but he is known across the country for his handling of crises. During his tenure as the Maharashtra chief minister, he had skilfully handled the situation after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, post-Babri mosque demolition riots and the Latur earthquake.
"Very few politicians care for industrial development, and Pawar is one of them. His policies have brought reforms in the economic field," he said.
"Pawar is the most creative agriculture minister I have ever seen," Dr Singh said adding, "I take his guidance during times of crises and a larger part of the credit for the success of UPA I and II governments goes to him."
During his speech, Mr Pawar lauded Dr Singh for his style of functioning as the PM.
"There are very few leaders of Manmohan Singh's calibre and his work is endorsed by the international community," he said.
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